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   North River
A Novel
by Pete Hamill
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Categories: Just Published | Fiction - Literature
Code: 3784 |  ISBN: 0316340588 |  341 pp. |  Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Warner Books
Format: Hardcover
About this book
It is 1934, and New York City is in the icy grip of the Great Depression. With enormous compassion, Dr. James Delaney tends to his hurt, sick, and poor neighbors, who include gangsters, day laborers, prostitutes, and housewives. If they cant pay, he treats them anyway.

But in his own life, Delaney is emotionally numb, haunted by the slaughters of the Great War. His only daughter has left for Mexico, and his wife Molly vanished months before, leaving him to wonder if she is alive or dead. Then, on a snowy New Years Day, the doctor returns home to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep, left by his mother in Delaneys care. Coping with this unexpected arrival, Delaney hires Rose, a tough, decent Sicilian woman with a secret in her past. Slowly, as Rose and the boy begin to care for the good doctor, the numbness in Delaney begins to melt.

Recreating 1930s New York with the vibrancy and rich detail that are his trademarks, Pete Hamill weaves a story of honor, family, and one mans simple courage that no reader will soon forget.


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